Some things I've learned in about a year and a half of MTBing:
* MTBing is my favorite type of biking, although I still like road biking.
* Types of MTBing I like best: intermediate level single track with hills; downhill; cross country.
* Hydraulic disc brakes are far superior to rim brakes.
* My 2005 Jamis Dakar 2.0 is a great bike.
* This MTB bike forum is an excellent source of help and information.
* Ned Overend's book "Mountain Bike Like A Champion" is very useful for technique development.
* Importance of getting off the saddle and over the rear wheel going downhill, over log piles, off drops.
* Trail maintenance is fun. With my 18'' pull-cut handsaw, I've removed dozens of big logs and limbs.
* Trails created and maintained by MTBers are my favorite.
* MTBing has made me a better biker overall, just like whitewater kayaking has greatly improved all of my paddling skills.
* MTBing and whitewater kayaking have a lot in common: skill, experience, knowledge, gut requirements.
* MTBing is just plain fun, a great way to be in wonderful country areas, a forever learning challenge.
What have you learned?
Are you whitewater kayakers also?